Student Awards

 Every year, the Department of Government presents three awards, usually as part of the Philip Monahan Lecture.

  • The first award is the Government Student of the Year, named after our former colleague Tom Whalen. This is presented to the student who achieved the top marks in the first year of the government degree. 
  • The second award goes to the Richard Haslam Graduate of the Year. This award reflects academic excellence but also a contribution by the student to University life.
  • The third award is presented in honour of Patrick O’Sullivan, a first year student on our degree who died in tragic circumstances in March 2001. We hold an annual essay competition in honour of Patrick which combines politics and humour. 

THOMAS WHALEN GOVERNMENT STUDENT OF THE YEAR

2000 Holly Hardwicke
2001 Elizabeth Harrington
2002 Peter Ryan
2003 Hannah Lane
2004 Ann-Marie Tierney
2005 Denis Twomey
2006 Andrea Merrigan
2007 Darragh Mehigan
2008 Patrick Higgins
2009 Tracey O'Rourke
2010 John Kenny
2011 Padraig Mac Consaidín
2012 Louis O'Keeffe
2013 Jack Corbett
2014 Michael Lyons

RICHARD HASLAM GRADUATE OF THE YEAR

2003 Holly Hardwicke
2004 Elizabeth Harrington
2005 Jeremiah O’Sullivan
2006 Brenda Keating
2007 Tim McCarthy
2008 Mathew Ryan
2009 Colm Diamond
2010 Neepa Sodhi
2011 Laura Murphy
2012 Tracey O'Rourke
2013 John Kenny
2014 Padraig Mac Consaidín

PATRICK O’SULLIVAN ESSAY WRITING AWARD

2002 Andrew O’Leary (Government, 4th Year)
2003 Donal Holohan (Government, 2nd Year)
2004 John O’Sullivan (Government, 2nd Year)
2005 John O’Sullivan (Government, 3rd Year)
2006 Cormac Cahill (Government, 2nd Year)
2007 Ian Mawe (Government, 2nd Year)
2008 Niall Duggan (Post-Graduate)
2009 Andrew Aherne (Government, 2nd Year)
2010 Declan Keating (Government, 2nd Year)
2011 Padraig Mac Consaidín (Government, 2nd Year)
2012 John Somers (Government, 1st Year)
2013 Padraig Mac Consaidín (Government, 4th Year)
2014 Don O'Neill (Government, 4th Year)

ANNUAL PHILIP MONAHAN MEMORIAL LECTURE

1997 Professor Tom Garvin, Department of Politics, University College Dublin
1998 Dr. John Hume, Nobel Peace Prize Winner
1999 Francesco Rutelli, Mayor of Rome
2000 John Dennehy, Secretary General, Department of Education and Science
2002 Professor Robert Putnam, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University
2003 Dr. Mary McAleese, President of Ireland
2005 David Begg, General Secretary, Irish Congress of Trade Unions
2006 David Norris, Seanad Éireann
2007 Robert J. Faucher, Deputy US Ambassador
2008 Dermot McCarthy, Secretary General to Irish Government
2009 Ivana Bacik, Seanad Éireann
2010 Charlie Bird, RTE
2011 Emily O'Reilly, Ombudsman
2012 John Bercow, MP, Speaker of House of Commons
2013 Enda Kenny, An Taoiseach
2014 Professor Brigid Laffan, Schuman Centre, EUI, Florence
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